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How to contact us

For general help using the Library services:


Email us: library.enquiries@lse.ac.uk

Call us: +44 (0) 20 7955 7229


or in person throughout the Library

Finding materials in the Library

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Once you have identified the printed material you need by using Library Search you should take a note of the collection name and classmark. For example: Main Collection HB103 D45.

Use the Library floor plans to identify the floor that the collection is on and then use the classmark to find the item on that floor.

Main Collection books and journals

For Main Collection books and journals you can use the following table to identify which floor the classmark you need is located on: 

A table to show which floor you can find the relevant classmark on
Books  Journals Floor 
A-HA    3rd
HB-JV   A-HV  2nd
JX - Z HX-Z 1st

Special collections such as Statistics, IGO or Government publications are marked on the relevant Library floor plan

Course Collection books and audiovisual

Course Collection books are all on the ground floor. The VHS and DVD collection is at the very end of the stacks by the photocopiers.

Only LSE staff and students have access to the Course Collections during term time.

Closed access collections

The majority of the Library's collections are available on the open shelves.

There are certain collections which due to their unique nature, size or rarity are located in on-site closed storage, e.g. historical LSE PhD theses, pamphlets, UN documents.

Items can be identified through Library Search and include:

  • Microform and microfilm
  • Historical newspapers
  • Pamphlets (e.g.COLL.P. CHAT)
  • LSE PhD theses
  • UN documents and US Federal Government documents - ask staff for advice on specialist finding tools for these collections
  • LSE and Women's Library archive collections

Requesting material from closed access collections

  • We will fetch material you need
  • Complete a form in the 4th floor Reading Room or email us your requirements
  • Ask us if you need help

These are the times we collect requested material for you. Monday to Friday only.

  • 10.45am
  • 12.45pm
  •  2.45pm

At least 60 minutes later you can collect material from the 4th floor Reading Room

  • We hold items until the end of the day, or the date you enter on the request form
  • You must not take anything out of the Library building
  • Return material to the 4th floor Reading Room before it closes

Some of our special collections cannot be removed from the Reading Room. This includes the LSE and Women's Library archives.